Jobs at the Library

How to Apply

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Job Postings

We will be accepting applications for the following job:

Community Programs Administrator–Early Education

Salary Range: $83,033.60 – $101,171.20
Job ID: 1700563
Full/Part Time: Full
Close Date: 5/2/2017
Get Started: More Details & Apply Online

Position and Duties

The Community Programs Administrator for Early Education will take a leadership role in establishing the library as a hub for early learning for families and early educators. In this position, he or she will lead the development, coordination, and evaluation of early education programs and services as the library redefines and strengthens its role in early education in San José.

The Community Programs Administrator will:

  • Oversee creation and implementation of a uniform vision of innovative early education programs for children ages 0 to 5, parents/caregivers, and early educators throughout the library system that integrates branches, King Library, Programming Services, Family Learning Centers, and Partners in Reading
  • Initiate the development of new early education programs and services provided by the library both in libraries and in the community
  • Identify and secure staff development needed by library staff and early educators related to early education and parent engagement
  • Identify and work with local partners, including City and SJSU Departments, the California State Library, and national organizations on early education initiatives
  • Work with Marketing Unit and Web Team to establish a strong communications plan and online presence
  • Work with the Volunteer Coordinator to integrate volunteer opportunities into early education services
  • Ensure library environments facilitate learning and engage parents and young children so they feel welcome and can find needed resources
  • Take part in efforts to secure additional funding for early education initiatives

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Education: Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in public administration, social work, psychology, sociology, or a related field (such as early education, child development, etc.).
  2. Experience: Four years of increasingly responsible professional experience related to early education-based programming or to project management.
  3. Licenses or Certificates: Possession of a valid California driver's license may be required for some assignments.
  4. Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San José will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Department of Labor.

Why work at San José Public Library?

It is an exciting time in San José! With overwhelming support from our communities and our City Council, we are increasing our open hours at all of our library branches. Would you like to work for one of the most exciting and innovative library systems in the nation? Now is your opportunity!

San José Public Library offers:

  • Culturally diverse population of nearly 959,000 in the country's 10th largest city.
  • One of the busiest library systems nationwide with an annual checkout rate of nearly 14 million items.
  • Award-winning innovation and leadership: 2004 Thomson Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year and 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for a library.
  • New expanded hours for all branch locations
  • Library Parcel Tax expansion recently approved by San José Voters

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Volunteer Opportunities

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